Great News! Together with two entrepreneur friends we have opened a snowboard store in Cologne: The BOARDROOM. We talked to Hannes Degenhardt, the company owner of UNIT Parktech, about what UNIT has to do with snowboarding. Spoiler: Quite a lot!
Hey Hannes, why does opening a snowboard store mean “back to the roots” for you?
JD: My love for boardsports started in 1988, when I saw snowboarders on the Dachstein glacier for the first time at the age of 10. The three guys carved past me and this moment has been burned into my memory forever. In the same year I got my first snowboard: A Nidecker Rocky 135 with a binding for ski boots. In 1990 a “Burton Air” followed, in the years after that boards from Sims, Crazy Banana and even a Huga Buga. The snowboard dealer of trust at that time was “Holiday Windsurfing” in Cologne. Shopping for snowboard gear was the coolest thing I could imagine at that time. In 1997 I stood behind the counter in a snowboard store for the first time. The store was called “Cosmos Sport” and was legendary back then.